About Us


Hawaiian Tropicals Direct is a dba owned by Smart Direct LLC. Michael Hughes and Yachi Li own and operate the company. We are always available to help our customers in any way we can.


Hawaiian Tropicals Direct was founded in 1995 when the first greenhouses were built on a virgin lava flow in beautiful Kapoho on the East side of Big Island of Hawaii.

Currently we are growing plants under approximately 257,000 square feet of covered space on our three parcels of land. There are two 5 acre parcels and one 4 ¼ acre piece. One of the 5 acre parcels is located near Pahoa at about 600 foot elevation. The other parcels are just above sea level. The covered growing areas are:

30,000 sq. ft. classic greenhouse

77,000 sq. ft. shade house

25,000 sq. ft. cupola style greenhouse

37,000 sq. ft. cupola style greenhouse

Office, packing and shipping utilize a 3,200 sq. ft. industrial building. A 2,000 sq. ft. building houses a tissue culture laboratory and a warehouse.

Our crew is made up of mostly long-term Filipino workers with a work ethic that is rare for these times. They posses a true desire to grow the best possible plants and diligently look after them.

Every employee is expected to provide exceptional customer service and we will always see that this pledge is fulfilled. You can buy your orchid plants with full confidence that you will receive exactly what you have ordered, at a fair and reasonable price, to arrive at your facility when you need them. If we have trouble with any of the above you will be contacted to work out the best alternative action. We are ethical and honest and can always be trusted. We try hard to earn your business.

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